CMBA Busy First Six Months - 2017

09 Jun 2017 10:51 AM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

by CMBA President Matt Cecko, Home Check Plus

The CMBA has been busy. Here is a snapshot year to date of the array of activities and happenings.

The CMBA has trained 189 members since the start of January and as always, has provided builder members with free Continuing Education Credits. 

Our membership retention is at 91%, one of the highest retention rates for any Home Builders Association in the country.

The CMBA participated in Building Day at the Capitol. We worked with area legislators to help pass townhome definition legislation. Our efforts helped successfully change the definition of townhome from two connected units to three units, now newly constructed two connected units will not have fire sprinklers mandated. Success!

Tools for Schools

The CMBA increased the funding for High School technology trades to $18K. Last year the funds were awarded to 11 area high schools. We assembled fund advisors and started the charitable fund with the Initiative Foundation for our Presidents Fund. With the Initiative Foundation, all donations are tax deductible, plus donations to the fund will be matched by the CMBA up to $20K. The funding will go towards helping to spark interest in our youth to find construction attractive and pursue a career in our industry. We recommend donating online on the Initiative Foundation website or you may drop a check off at the CMBA office. Your support is appreciated!

In addition to bolstering our funding, the CMBA participated in the SCTCC job fair. We created a Career Central display with 39 member job listings and 69 jobs were distributed.

Tools for Schools isn’t our only charitable donation year to date. The CMBA presented a $1,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity in an ongoing effort of helping families achieve homeownership.

The Spring Tour of Homes

The Tour had 37 homes with 27 builders. It was the highest number of homes in recent years. We received great feedback from the tour and on our newly created Parade Craze App that highlights the homes features, photos, maps and more. 

The HomeShow 

The committee and sponsors are focused on shifting their marketing strategies to target a broader and younger audience. Our goal is to make the event more fun and educational for the attendees. Also, the CMBA invested $10K in the first annual Forever House. 

The CMBA joined the Benton Economic Partnership, Inc. to support new economic development in the marketplace. This is in addition to our membership with The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation to support business growth and expansion in our community. 

The CMBA also welcomed Jenny McDermond to the staff team as an administrative assistant. Jenny is doing a great job helping Bonnie, Colleen, and Jane with a variety of responsibilities. We are happy to have her!

The Board of Directors is actively working on a By-Law change to allow associate members to become President of the CMBA. The CMBA sent out a survey asking for input from members on allowing associates to serve as CMBA president. The surveys were sent through Survey Monkey and 86% of the members that responded approved of allowing associates to serve as president so please stay tuned for a vote at an upcoming membership meeting. I’m excited about this proposed By-Law change and the talented people that will have an opportunity to lead this great organization with new fresh ideas.

It is significant what our association can accomplish when we all work together on common goals. The CMBA continues to improve the Central MN building industry by advocating for the industry, educating our members, and strengthening the public’s confidence. 

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